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29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

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Managing diabetes is a full-time job, but with a little bit of humor (and plenty of supplies), you can take it all in stride. Here are 29 things only a person living with diabetes would understand.

1. Every paper cut is an opportunity to test your blood sugar.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

2. You have an entire drawer, dresser, or closet devoted to diabetes supplies.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

3. You have hundreds of lancets and only a few test strips. But on the plus side, your health insurance company is willing to pay for more lancets!

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

4. When it’s time to test, all you have to do is squeeze your finger.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

5. The phrase ‘once in a blue moon’ is a reminder that it’s time to change your lancet.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

6. You hesitate to wear white in case you prick your finger and hit a ‘gusher.’

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

7. Your fingers appear to spell something in Braille.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

8. Being high means something completely different to you than it does to most people.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

9. You can calculate the carbohydrate total of every meal in your head without breaking a sweat.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

10. You should test your blood sugar 6 times a day, but insurance only approved you for 1 strip a week.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

11. You can put a mathematician to shame: insulin on board, carb factors, insulin to carb ratio, no problem!

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

12. Well-meaning friends have offered you every diabetes remedy under the sun, from cinnamon to birdseed milk.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

13. You’ve heard, ‘But you don’t look like a diabetic!’

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

14. You’re familiar with all the diabetes horror stories of the relatives of anyone you’ve ever met.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

15. You’ve heard, ‘You can’t eat that!’ too many times.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

16. Everyone wants to know where you got your cool pager.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

17. You find used test strips in your toothpaste drawer but don’t know how they got there.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

18. You have a pile of diabetes cookbooks holding up your sofa.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

19. You own 15 glucose meters, but you only use 1.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

20. CSI would have a very hard time ‘investigating the scene’ at your house.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

21. You have 2 cases of juice boxes at home, and none of them are for your kids.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

22. You have to remind yourself that it isn’t polite to punch people who say ‘diabeetus’ in the face.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

23. The pharmacy is number 1 on your speed dial, and you’re on a first name basis with the pharmacist.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

24. People often say, ‘You can eat it, it’s sugar-free!’ about something that’s loaded with carbohydrates.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

25. Everyone asks you what to do about their ‘noncompliant’ diabetic spouse.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

26. You read every article that promises ways to improve your glucose level, but they all end up being about prevention instead.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

27. According to TV commercials, it’s a good thing you’re young, because only old people get diabetes.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

28. There’s never been any butter in your refrigerator’s butter compartment — it’s used for storing insulin.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand

29. To lick or to wipe? That is the question.

29 Things Only a Person with Diabetes Would Understand
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